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New living revitalises suburbs

CONTRACTS for three further Homeswest New Living projects have recently been signed by Housing Minister Kim Hames.

Dr Hames said New Living was the largest urban renewal project ever seen in in WA with expenditure now almost $310 million in the metropolitan area.

The project aims to reduce public housing presence in estates with high concentrations of Homeswest dwellings, remove the social stigma attached to such areas, refurbish homes for sale to the public and existing tenants, upgrade and refurbish Homeswest rental housing and create a sustainable, revitalised community.

“New Living is a whole-of-community approach. Homeswest’s presence is dramatically reduced and the community is revitalised and redeveloped through the refurbishment which can include demolishing high rise public housing and upgrading parks, public open space and other infrastructure,” Dr Hames said.

He said the Fini Group had been appointed as project managers for Coolbellup New Living, Satterley McCusker for Westfield New Living and Voran Consultants for Langford New Living.

Homeswest currently holds 32 per cent of the 2,300 dwellings in Coolbellup, and the project target is to reduce this presence to around 12 per cent.

“Langford New Living will be a five year project. Homeswest has 1,830 dwellings in the area — 525 are Homeswest properties and a draft master plan was recently presented to the Langford community by project managers Voran,” Dr Hames said.

“Satterley McCusker will include Westfield in its New Living plans for the Armadale area. In addition to the 500 dwell-ings Homeswest owns in Armadale, there are a further 70 properties in Westfield.”

He said 45 of those had been earmarked for refurbishment and sale with the remaining 25 being retained for Homeswest’s use.

Dr Hames said enormous success had been achieved by New Living projects in Kwinana, Lockridge, and the New North.

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